More letters |

More letters

Dear Editor,

House Bill 1252, sponsored by state Rep. Betty Boyd, encourages hospitals to counsel sexual assault survivors about their risk of pregnancy and provide them with timely and accurate information about emergency contraception. Currently, not all hospitals in Colorado inform rape survivors about emergency contraception.

Emergency Contraception (EC) is a highly effective form of birth control that reduces the risk of pregnancy when taken within 120 hours of unprotected intercourse. EC is not a method of abortion and should not be confused with Mifepristone (RU486), a medicine used for medical abortion.

In the United States 25,000 women will become pregnant as a result of sexual assault every year. About 22,000 of these pregnancies could be averted if all women who were assaulted were given and used EC. One in four Colorado women have experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault. Because emergency rooms are often the first point of medical contact for sexual assault survivors, it is imperative that hospitals provide a full range of services to those who seek care.

This bill is about access to information. To deny sexual assault survivors timely and vital information that could prevent a tragic and serious consequence of rape – the trauma of an unwanted pregnancy – is unconscionable.

For more information about emergency contraception, HB 1252 or to join the Planned Parenthood Action Network, please visit us on the Web at


Kate Clement

Planned Parenthood

Steamboat Springs

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.